How to Install an Iron Railing
By Gene and Katie Hamilton
- Flat blade screwdriver
- Carpenter's level
- Electric drill
- 1/4-in. masonry bit
- Measuring tape
- Center punch
- 7/16-in. box end wrench
- Adjustable angle
- Railing sections
- Bolt fittings
- Rust-inhibiting paint
Before You Begin
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Step 1 : Layout the railing components on paper
Make a sketch of the porch with measurements and use the planning installation information provided by the railing manufacturer to lay out the position of the railings. Use the sketch to determine how many railing sections, posts and columns are needed for the installation.
Step 2 : Install the posts
The posts fit into a flange that is installed first, then the railing fits into it.
Use the masonry bit to drill flange holes about 4 inches from the edge of the porch deck.
Then fasten the flange with bolts and attach the railing to the posts with the fittings.
Step 3 : Slant the railings
To slant railings for use on steps, apply downward pressure and then endwise to the top rail to make the pickets parallel to the post at the end of the steps.
Cut the ends so they are parallel to the posts and drill mounting holes in the top and bottom rails.
Step 4 : Tighten connections and paint
Check to see that all the connections are tight and then paint the railing and posts with a rust-inhibiting paint for topcoat protection.
Illustrations courtesy gilpinironworks.com